The James Logan High boys basketball team used its size to create second-chance opportunities and earn a 74-63 win over visiting Granada in Tuesday's North Coast Section Division I playoff opener.

The Colts' 6-foot-7 junior Marquis Godfrey had 22 points and 16 rebounds and 6-5 junior K'hari Leno added 16 points and eight rebounds as No. 8 seed Logan (19-9) advances to No. 1 San Leandro (23-3) on Friday at 7 p.m.

"I'm very excited," Godfrey said of the showdown with the Pirates. "I want to play them as much as they want to play us. I just want get as far as we can in this bracket and get us to the top and get Logan on the map."

Godfrey had a terrific first half with 14 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. He also provided a pair of highlights during a 12-2 run that helped the Colts take a halftime lead.

Godfrey secured his second putback dunk of the night, then got the crowd riled up with a one-handed jam off a nifty assist from Trenton Torain. That gave Logan a 37-27 lead with just over 2 minutes left in the half and the Colts took a 39-33 lead into the break.

"Dunking is a real crowd-pleaser and gives us a lot of momentum," Godfrey said. "It just gets everybody involved."

Granada (15-12) forced three ties in the third quarter, the last coming with 4:40 left in the period. But Logan answered that with back-to-back 3-pointers by Torain to take a lead it never relinquished.


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The Colts led 62-54 entering the fourth quarter and the Matadors never got closer than six points.

Chad Schaper chipped in with 13 points for Logan and Torain added 12.

Colin Sommerhauser led Granada with 19 points.

Mt. Eden 51, Alameda 49: Jalen Dominique made a layup on a pass from Stevinair Young with one second left to give the No. 3 seed Monarchs (18-9) a thrilling win over No. 14 Alameda in an NCS Division II first-round game.

Mt. Eden's final possession started with 25 seconds and with 11 seconds, Young got the ball near the top of the key, drove down the left side of the lane and saw a wide-open Dominique, who got the pass and went right up with it.

Mt. Eden advances to the second round, where it will host No. 6 San Lorenzo on Friday at 7 p.m. The Monarchs split a pair of games against San Lorenzo this season, with the most recent game a 55-36 loss in West Alameda County Conference-Foothill Division play Feb. 13.

Alameda (12-15) watched starting 6-foot-3 center Sam Kunz go down with a right ankle injury in the second quarter. He did not return.

Still, the Hornets managed to strike a 10-point lead with just over five minutes left in the game on a bucket from Almir Tudjinovic. But they scored just four points the rest of the way.

Paced by Young's six points in the final 3:30, the Monarchs closed the game with a 14-4 run.

Mt. Eden's Noel Briones led all scorers with 17 including two free throws that tied the game at 49-49 with 51 second left. Teammate Cameron Clerkley added 14.

Alameda's Chris Bussey scored 15.

-- Steve R. Waterhouse, correspondent

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    Girls basketball

    Foothill 41, Mission San Jose 31: The man-to-man defense of the host Falcons (15-12) allowed the No. 10 seed Warriors (16-11) only 11 field goals in the game as No. 7 seed Foothill moves on to the North Coast Section Division I quarterfinals.

    "I knew it would be a tight defensive battle because they play great defense," said Foothill first-year coach Bruce Funk about Mission San Jose.

    On Friday, Foothill will be hosted by crosstown rival Amador Valley (18-8), the No. 2 seed, at 7 p.m.

    Mission San Jose trailed by only three points at 32-29 after a 3-pointer by Alysha Bedell with 1 minute, 54 seconds to play. But a putback by Jessica Crawford started a 9-2 Foothill run to end the game.

    The Falcons, who were 2 for 6 from the free-throw line in the first three quarters, were clutch from that line in the final minute when they connected on 7 of their 8 attempts.

    Marianne Fernandez scored a game-high 10 points, including eight in the second half. Mission San Jose was led by Bedell, who had nine points.

    -- Phil Jensen

    Football

    Jeff Walters, a Freedom assistant coach the previous four seasons, was hired last week as head coach at Liberty, the Falcons' rival in the Bay Valley Athletic League. Walters was the BVAL champion Falcons' quarterbacks and special teams coach.

    -- Matt Schwab